The global point of care CT imaging market size was valued at USD 184.4 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2020 to 2027. Point of care imaging provides instant diagnosis and treatment, thus, helps in reducing the number of visits to the medical settings. The effectiveness of the point of care CT imaging in providing prompt results is expected to drive the demand for these systems in upcoming years. Furthermore, a growing number of neurological disorders such as brain tumors are also expected to propel market growth. As per the National Brain Tumor Society, in 2020, 700,000 people in the U.S. are having a brain tumor and around 87,000 as expected to be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Rapid technological advancements and an increasing number of collaborations to develop advanced Computed Tomography (CT) imaging for emergency care are expected to boost the demand in the forecast period. In June 2017, CurveBeam signed a collaborative agreement with Carestream Health to facilitate and support research and education for weight-bearing CT imaging.
Under this agreement, the companies will support the Weight-Bearing CT International Study Group, which involves orthopedic researchers from institutions in Europe and the U.S. Outpatient settings are frequently installing point of care computed tomography imaging devices to provide accurate and instant results. In October 2017, Cobalt’s Imaging Centre installed the CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity system to provide a point of care testing. Installation of the OnSight 3D Extremity system will help in capturing clear 2D and 3D images of patient extremities. Also, the wide door of the device and easy patient access helps in conducting extremity exams, which are not possible with standard CT scanners. Additionally, market players are focusing on developing point of care CT imaging devices and are launching them. In November 2017, NeuroLogica, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics showcased mobile CT OmniTom at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). OmniTom is mainly used for cranial procedures and helps in delivering the highest quality CT angiography, non-contrast CT, and CT perfusion scans.
Despite the several advantages associated with the point of care testing, certain factors are impacting its adoption. Management of point of care testing is challenging as testing is performed at multiple sites and transport of the device at different locations may also create a hindrance. Additionally, the cost of point of care computed tomography imaging devices is high, which in turn is also expected to hinder the market growth.
Full-sized PoC CT scanners held the largest revenue share of around 56.3% in 2019. End-users such as hospitals, imaging centers mainly prefer full-sized CT scanners to perform imaging for various applications. A large number of patient pool seeking CT prefer visiting hospitals over other outpatient settings, thus, contributing towards the adoption and usage of full-sized CT scanners. Since the demand for CT is high and it is largely installed in hospitals, major market players are developing full-sized point of care CT imaging devices. Carestream Health has come up with an advanced full-sized point of care CT scanner On-Site Extremity that provides 3D weight-bearing CT exams and can be installed in different facilities such as hospitals, imaging centers, and orthopedic practices.
The compact point of care CT scanners segment is expected to experience the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. Outpatient settings prefer the compact point of care computed tomography scanners for easy mobility and accessibility of the device in a different department and for different purposes. Many market players have developed a mobile compact point of care CT scanners. For instance, OmniTom, a point of care computed tomography scanner by NeuroLogica comes along with various advantages. This device helps in providing superior image due to highly advanced technology such as N-DAS detectors and Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) incorporated in it. Moreover, the mobility of this device makes it more effective as it helps in improving workflow in critical care, operating room, trauma, and pediatric ICU.
The current pandemic situation is also expected to drive the adoption of compact point of care CT scanners to gain an early diagnosis. MiniCAT 2020 by Xoran Technologies is a small, low-dose, economical, streamlined medical device that is used in the field of ENT. The scan from the device only takes around 10 to 30 seconds, thus, providing an instant diagnosis. The company has involved it's MiniCAT 2020 into its COVID-19 plan to provide a same-day point of care service.
Neurology held the largest revenue share of 29.5% in 2019 in the point of care CT imaging market. CT imaging is widely preferred in the field of neurology as it provides accurate diagnosis at a lower cost in comparison to other imaging devices. Also, CT is less sensitive to patient motion as it provides rapid imaging. point of care CT imaging devices enhances the workflow of the critical care unit. Point of care computed tomography helps in providing rapid and accurate imaging thus is preferred for the same. Additionally, a growing number of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for traumatic brain injury (TBI), is also expected to propel the segment growth. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, in the U.S., around 2.9 million TBI related hospitalization and ED visits along with death were recorded.
Growing demand for CT imaging and advantages associated with the point of care CT imaging is driving the market player’s focus to develop an enhanced point of care computed tomography imaging devices for neurology. SOMATOM Onsite, a product by Siemens Healthineers is a mobile point of care CT scanner that provides high-end image quality at the point of care. The mobility of the device helps in avoiding the challenges associated with patient transfer from ICU to the radiology department.
The respiratory segment is expected to experience the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. The respiratory problems observed during the pandemic situation is the factor expected to boost the segment growth. Most of the market players are developing point of care CT imaging devices and are using it for identifying the respiratory problem to ease the detection of the disease. Xoran Technologies has come with a point of care computed tomography imaging devices for providing instant care. Therefore, they have incorporated its point of care CT imaging devices such as MiniCAT IQ and MiniCAT 2020 in its COVID-19 plan to provide a same-day point of care service to minimize patient travel and exposure.
The hospital segment dominated the market and held the largest revenue share of 35.3% in 2019. The growing prevalence of neurological and respiratory disorders is expected to drive the segment growth. Full-sized point of care CT imaging devices is mainly installed in hospitals to provide CT imaging to a large patient pool. In July 2020, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego started to provide a point of care diagnosis through the Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity imaging system. Additionally, market players are developing a portable point of care CT imaging devices to facilitate operations in hospitals by avoiding patient transfer from one department to another. NeuroLogica has come up with a full-body portable point of care computed tomography scanner BodyTom. The device can provide a point of care CT imaging in all units such as ICU, operating room, radiology departments, and emergency department.
The Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) segment is expected to experience the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. The growing development of compact point of care CT imaging devices to be incorporated in outpatient settings such as ASCs is expected to drive the segment. Moreover, patients opt for ASCs to avoid the extra cost associated with the hospital stay. MiniCAT 2020 and MiniCAT IQ by Xoran Technologies is a compact point of care computed tomography scanners which can be incorporated in these ASCs to provide enhanced imaging.
The clinic segment is also expected to experience significant growth during the forecast period. The growing pandemic conditions and increasing demand for early diagnosis are leading to the growing installation of point of care computed tomography imaging devices in the clinics. MiniCAT 2020, MiniCAT IQ, and SOMATOM On.site are a few portable points of care CT imaging devices that can easily be installed in clinics for providing computed tomography imaging. Other end-users include solo practice, satellite office, research institutes, imaging centers, and research centers.
North America dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 26.4% in 2019. The presence of major market players in the region such as Carestream Health, Xoran Technologies, CURVEBEAM, and NeuroLogica is driving the market in the region. These market players are developing advanced PoC computed tomography imaging devices. In May 2017, CurveBeam received FDA clearance for the InReach CT scanner. The device is an ultra-compact scanner and provides enhanced imaging in point of care facilities.
In Europe, the market held a significant share in 2019 and expected to grow at a moderate rate over the forecast period. The growing prevalence of neurological disorders such as brain traumatic injury is expected to boost the market growth in the region. As per the study published, in the European Union, 1.5 million get admitted to the hospital annually are due to TBI. These patients seek early and accurate diagnosis and thus prefer the point of care computed tomography imaging, thereby, expected to drive the market in Europe.
In Asia Pacific, the market is expected to experience the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. The global market players are increasing the development of mobile point of care CT scanners to meet the growing demand for computed tomography imaging in the region. The outbreak of the pandemic in China has also contributed to the increasing demand for computed tomography imaging. In February 2020, NeuroLogica accelerated the production of its mobile point of care CT device, BodyTom. The company with the assistance of Chindex, a Chinese distributor will deliver BodyTom in China, to control the growing pandemic condition.
The major players are undergoing various strategic alliances such as partnerships, collaborations, and M&A’s. For instance, in February 2016, Carestream Health signed a strategic agreement with Alibaba Health for creating the Medical Image Management Cloud Platform. The platform will help in sharing and reading clinical images of CT, MR, Echocardiograms (ECGs), dermatology X-rays, sonograms, and other medical imaging studies. This partnership is expected to increase the adoption of PoC computed tomography imaging provided by Carestream to gain access to their reports for further consultation. Some of the prominent players in the point of care CT imaging market include:
Xoran Technologies, LLC
Siemens Healthcare GmbH
Market size value in 2020
USD 193.8 million
Revenue forecast in 2027
USD 276.9 million
CAGR of 5.2% from 2020 to 2027
Base year for estimation
2016 - 2018
2020 - 2027
Volume in units, revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027
Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends
Product, application, end use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa
The U.S., Canada, The U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, China, India, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar
Key companies profiled
Xoran Technologies, LLC; Carestream Health; CurveBeam; Planmed; NeuroLogica Corp.; Siemens Healthcare GmbH
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global point of care CT imaging market report on the basis of product, application, end-use, and region:
Product Outlook (Volume, Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)
Compact CT scanners
Full-sized CT scanners
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)
End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)
Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Regional Outlook (Volume, Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)
Middle East & Africa
b. The global point of care CT imaging market size was estimated at USD 184.4 million in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 193.8 million in 2020.
b. The global point of care CT imaging market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.2% from 2020 to 2027 to reach USD 276.9 million by 2027.
b. North America dominated the point of care CT imaging market with a share of 26.4% in 2019. This is attributable to the presence of major market players such as Carestream Health, Xoran Technologies, and CURVEBEAM.
b. Some key players operating in the point of care CT imaging market include Xoran Technologies, LLC, Carestream Health, CurveBeam, Planmed, NeuroLogica Corp., and Siemens Healthcare GmbH.
b. Key factors that are driving the point of care CT imaging market growth include the increasing prevalence of neurological disorders, increasing prevalence of respiratory disorders, and the growing burden of COVID-19.
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